Los Altos resident Lina Tellefsen, 11, is the latest citizen-artist to respond to SFMOMA's "art instructions" in the Town Crier. She rose to the challenge this week when Jessica Stockholder asked readers to think about where art comes from, and to collect objects that can reorganize into a greater whole.
Lina said that there is so much plastic floating in the ocean – polluting the waters and harming the sea life – that she wanted to use the plastic caps to portray all the plastic in the ocean. She titled her piece "Dive In," inspired by Matisse's artwork "The Swimming Pool".
Explore SFMOMA's tumblr page to find other submissions from local creators. You'll find Morgan M.'s reimagination of the Venn Diagram – he made a spin on artist Chris Johanson's challenge to "write a thought inside the shape. Create more shapes, with each one intersecting another, and continue to write thoughts inside those shapes."
If you follow the images in a spiral from the bottom left, you see a line of thought coiling into the center. The images are all produced by a script he wrote in Python. The act of creation was the programming itself, which then generates the visual output.
He wrote to SFMOMA, "I pulled the raw thesaurus information from the Roget's Thesaurus hosted by Project Gutenberg. The prompt said to think of something then think of something else but I figured a computer could do that for me. It picks a random word, then looks for words related to that first word, then it randomly chooses among the synonyms and uses one of them as the new starting point to repeat the process, checking each time to make sure that it hasn't looped back into a word it already used."
And the Town Crier is still looking for hawk-eyed local hunters – artist Alec Soth has challenged Los Altos to a treasure hunt, and it requires nothing but shoe leather and a way to take pictures. Soth, a photographer, wants to see what locals come up with if they follow his own artistic process: explore the area with a particular list of prey in mind. See what you find. He wants to know if residents can find and photograph:
4. Dark corners
7. Sleeping children
10. Yellow clothes
Extra points for combining subjects in one picture – he’d love to see a supermarket cashier in a yellow uniform selling milk!